WNA urges Bulgaria to develop nuclear potential

12 February 2018

Bulgaria should accelerate new nuclear build to meet the growing need for reliable, low-carbon electricity, Agneta Rising, director general of the World Nuclear Association (WNA), told Energy Commission Members at the Bulgarian Parliament.

Expanding nuclear generation in Bulgaria will bring great benefits to its economy, for the environment and the communities hosting new build, the Association said. And once operating, new nuclear generation will provide reliable low carbon generation 24/7, and support hundreds of highly skilled jobs, it added.

Nuclear energy supplies around 35% of Bulgaria's electricity, from two VVER 1000 units operating at Kozloduy. But half of its electricity is generated from fossil fuels, which pollute the atmosphere and endanger the climate, the Association said. Bulgaria needs to replace much of this with clean and low-carbon generation, as well as meeting its growing electricity demand, it added.

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